Henderson comes to the defence of Gerrard


    Jordan Henderson has come to the defence of Steven Gerrard, whose performances have come in for criticism of late.

    The Liverpool captain reminded everyone of his class with a beautifully executed free kick during the draw with Everton on Saturday, and Henderson says the 34-year-old should still be considered one of the Premier League’s best players.


    The vice-captain said: “Stevie’s still one of the best players in the Premier League.”There’s no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting someone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is. “I don’t think he deserves any criticism. He’s been the best player this league’s probably seen in a long time and still is.”

    The Reds have so far struggled to find the form they showed last season, and currently sit 13th in the Premier League table with just seven points from a possible 18.

    Gerrard and Henderson have started every Premier League math this season, so the vice-captain is in the ideal position to give an assessment of the Reds latest performance.

    And the 24-year-old believes the performance during Saturday’s draw was a vast improvement, and considers the Reds to be unfortunate not to have come away with all three points.

    “The performance was very good, back to the level we expect,” he said.

    “The intensity was good all over the pitch, we worked hard, we were more fluent going forward and we made chances as well. And also we defended really well throughout the game so that was pleasing.

    “We did quite a lot of work during the week on defending and I think we showed just how well we can defend, so that needs to be the case from now on.

    “Then with the goal, there’s not much you can do about that, it’s a great strike.”


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